White Sneakers: Trendy or Classic?

Per usual, I’m 3 years late to a fashion trend.  Or maybe I was 10 years early, but I’ll get to that.  It’s not that I haven’t been paying attention to the white sneaker trend popping up all over the place, but I’m not a fan of how I’ve seen them styled.  I’ve never once seen them worn with a sundress, skirt or some other feminine ensemble and thought, “you know, those slightly dingy sneakers looks better than a strappy sandal or ballet flat.”  Take for instance Elsa Hosk’s outfit here.  She’s ethereal and elegant like only a Swedish supermodel can be, but just no.  I can’t with the shoes.

I can occasionally make an exception to my no-sneaker-and-dress rule whenever I see a pair of Converse styled with a shirt dress, but that’s it.  Never have I ever thought sneakers + dresses/skirts paired well together.

With all that said, I do like white sneakers paired with a pair of jeans and t-shirt.  At the beginning of every school year from junior high to my senior year of high school, I’d purchase a brand new crisp pair of white Tommy Hilfiger tennis shoes.  Those, a pair of jeans and a Hilfiger shirt were my school uniform.  #TommyGirl

Fast forward to now and I haven’t bought white sneakers in years.  Flip-flops and boat shoes replaced my need for a casual shoe.  However, with a toddler running around now and my growing intolerance of flip-flops, I’m planning to give into this trend–which isn’t actually a trend at all.  I’ll be taking the princess route, though.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to shoes.  After reading lots of reviews (and trying to find a pair that don’t look like mall walkers), here are the ones I’m currently mulling over:

  1. Converse – I think I’m only person on the planet who does not and has never owned a pair of Converse.  Even my mom owns a pair!
  2. Adidas – I’m not going to lie.  I’m basic and like these because of the rose gold.
  3. Superga – To further prove how basic I am, I like these because they’re the same pair Kate Middleton is wearing.
  4. Vince Camuto – I totally dig slip-on shoes in any form.  I also like that these are slightly different from the rest.
  5. Sperry – My beloved Sperry’s!  I’ve almost purchased these a handful of times, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.  They somewhat remind me of Keds and the geriatric set.  At the same time, they’re Sperry’s!
  6. Tom’s – Equal parts hideous and fabulous, I had to include a pair of Tom’s for consideration.
  7. Tretorn – Similar to the Vince Camuto pair, I like that these are different than the rest.  The netting is an interesting feature.
  8. Nike – I’ve worn all kinds of tennis shoes over the years, and none–NONE–are more comfortable than Nikes.  They just aren’t.  I’m actually eyeing these in the black/white combo, but like the white on white, too.

So what about you?  Do you have any of the above?  Any recommendations for me?

Update: I ended up purchasing this pair of Sperry Crest Vibe Sneakers.  They are extremely similar to #5, but have a slightly different cut around the ankle.  I love them!  They are comfortable (no blisters!) and look super cute.  I sprayed them with Scotchgard since they are a white canvas.  No stains thus far.  I ended up purchasing Sperry’s since I’ve owned several pair of Sperry boat shoes over the years and have always been happy with them.

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